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Traditional Culture in a New Interpretation: Processes of Cultural Awareness in a multicultural community

Author(s) Misiejuk, D.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
The purpose of this study is to analyze the intergenerational transfer of cultural values into a multicultural community. The main research problem undertaken deals with the construction of meanings of a material cultural heritage of a region in a process of constructing a multicultural community, and the intercultural competence of the individuals. This can be the background for building open attitudes and innovative approaches in the social life of European Union citizens. The research was conducted in a multicultural community in north- eastern part of Poland. Youth 13-14 years old and their parents took part as well as teachers. The research sample was composed of 458 children, which is 75% of children of this age in the given region; 261 parents and teachers. Generally around 80% of teachers of the given 10 schools of the region took part in this investigation. I gathered opinions and declarations according to the cultural value of the material samples of culture of the region, during the process of gathering research data. Cultural value and its potentiality in the process of social communication was pointed out by gathering evaluations according to the usefulness of given elements of a material culture of the region in the current social reality in the opinion of youth, their parents and teachers. The research questionnaire was prepared on the background of symbolic interactionism and the analysis of the results is based on the assumptions of engaged ethnography. Gathered empirical material and the designed research group allow us to describe models of intergenerational transfer according to cultural identity of the family, its social status and the relation with school. Transfer of cultural value undergoes meaningful modification in the situation of extension of the social communication space by one more cultural agenda which is a school. Key words: Cultural identity, Intergenerational message, Cultural symbols
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